Mario is the main character of the Super Mario franchise. Therefore, he is featured in almost every single Mario game.
Mario debuted in Donkey Kong, but he was named Jumpman. He had to fight against an evil, barrel-throwing ape named Donkey Kong to save his girlfriend Pauline. He then appeared in Mario Bros, fighting Shellcreepers and Sidesteppers alongside his brother Luigi. In the sequel Donkey Kong Jr., Mario is actually the antagonist as you are instead playing as DK Junior.
Super Mario Bros. had Mario battling the troops of Bowser to save Princess Peach. It introduced many famous things in modern-day Mario games, such as Goombas, Fire Flowers and Toads. Super Mario Bros. 2 was the sequel, where Mario and his friends go into the dreamlike realm of Subcon to fight strange villains such as Birdo, Mouser and Wart. Super Mario Bros. 3 is thought by many to be one of the greatest games ever because it expanded on the first game, rather than attempting to be different like in the previous game. It also introduced the Koopalings. Larry, Ludwig, Roy, Morton, Lemmy, Iggy and Wendy. In Japan, there was an exclusive Mario game called Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. This was very similar to a modern ROM hack of Super Mario Bros., with enhanced difficulty, odd level design and not a lot of new sprites. On the SNES, The Lost Levels was ported to the US and other countries through Super Mario All-Stars.
Super Mario World was released as the first game on SNES. It involved Bowser kidnapping Peach on Dino Island, and Mario gaining a new ally named Yoshi. Super Mario World 2 (better known as Yoshi's Island) was a prequel to all Mario games where it reveals that Yoshi has had past experience with Mario, even as a child.
N64 and GameCubeEdit
Super Mario 64 is one of the most famous games of all time. Mario is sent to Princess Peach's castle to eat cake but soon finds out that Bowser kidnapped her and all 120 Power Stars. Mario must collect 120 stars and defeat Bowser to save the princess and get his deserved cake, through entering portals disguised as paintings. In Luigi's Mansion, a spin-off game, Mario is captured by King Boo and imprisoned in a painting. After King Boo is defeated, Mario falls asleep and is released by Luigi and Prof E. Gadd. In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario goes to Delfino Island for a vacation alongside Peach and Toadsworth but is mistaken for a criminal named Shadow Mario. He must defeat him and Bowser with the help of the mechanical FLUDD to get back Peach.
Mario had his first Wii game in 2007 called Super Mario Galaxy. Mario is given Luma by Peach before she is captured by Bowser and Mario is knocked out by a Magikoopa. He is brought to a grassy planet in which other Lumas are inhabiting. After the ability of spinning is gifted upon him by Princess Rosalina, he sets out to find a Grand Star. He is then brought to the Comet Observatory after he collects a Grand Star. He then gets stars to power the observatory so that he can go to the centre of the universe to defeat Bowser. After that, the universe restarts. In the sequel appropriately titled Super Mario Galaxy 2, (which takes place in a story) he is brought to Starship Mario after he finds Luma. He then has to find Bowser who kidnapped Peach again.